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US EPA Releases Chemical Data Reporting Information

February 11, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the non-confidential as it pertains to the manufacturing and processing of chemicals used in the United States. The CDR provides information for over 7,600 different chemicals used in commerce, 354 of which are used in children's products such as toys, playground equipment, and arts and crafts materials.

REACH: Challenges in the Chemical Distribution Industry

February 15, 2013

Although they play a major factor in the chemical supply chain, chemical distributors are often responsible for not only the distribution of chemicals, but also provide additional services such as repackaging, mixing, compounding and blending. As a result, chemical distribution companies are affected by REACH and CLP, along with any other regulatory requirements.

US EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information

February 22, 2013

On February 22, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a list of newly which previously have been treated as Confidential Business Information (CBI). The EPA, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), also posted its progress for making chemical information more readily available to the public.

California OEHHA Revises RELs for 1,3-Butadiene

March 1, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have revised the "" document for by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. The revisions of the draft were made due to comments from the Scientific Review Panel's meeting on the subject on October 16, 2012.

US EPA's Science Advirsory Board Forms Hydraulic Fracturing Research Panel

March 25, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through the independent Science Advisory Board (SAB), has announced the to review the 2014 draft of results for the Agency's national study on the potential environmental and health effects regarding hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.

French Health Agency Study Explores Health Risks for Bisphenol A

April 9, 2013

In April of 2013, a study performed by ANSES (the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) was published to determine the , along with three other reports focusing on alternatives to the substance, the potential hazards of other compounds within the bisphenol class and a report on any ambiguities regarding endocrine disruptors.

California Proposition 65: OEHHA Proposes MADLs for Methanol

March 16, 2012

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has officially given notice that they propose to define Proposition 65 . In regards to inhalation limits, methanol's maximum levels have been set at 47,000 micrograms per day. In terms of ingestion, the OEHHA has stated 23,000 micrograms per day as the Maximum Allowable Dose.

China: Search Tool for Checking Chinese Chemical Regulatory Lists Online

August 8, 2013

The CIRS's free Chinese Chemical Inventory Search System (CCISS) has incorporated the latest Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances Produced or Imported in China (IECSC 2013), allowing for easy searches for three main chemical regulatory lists in China: the aforementioned IECSC 2013; the Catalog of Hazardous Chemicals (2012); and the List of Toxic Chemicals Restricted to be Imported/Exported.

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EPA: Life-Cycle Assessment of Nanoscale Technology: Lithium-ion Bateries for Electric Cars

April 30, 2013

The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program from the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics have formed a partnership with the National Risk Management Research Laboratory in EPA's Office of Research and Development to conduct a screening-level .

California Prop 65: Governor Brown Seeks Reforms

May 7, 2013

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proposed in order to strengthen and restore the Act's original intent. Passed in 1986, Proposition 65 was designed to protect citizens of the state from harmful chemicals; however, Governor Brown believes that it has been abused by "unscrupulous lawyers" driven by profits as opposed to public health.

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